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Common Evening Brown

Common Evening Brown
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-05-23 7:24
Viewed: 1950
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melanitis leda, the Common Evening Brown, is a common species of butterfly found flying at dusk. The flight of this species is erratic. They are found in Africa, South Asia and South-east Asia extending to parts of Australia and India.

This is a Dry-season form: Fore wing : apex obtuse and more or less falcate; termen posterior to falcation straight or sinuous. Upperside: ground-colour similar to that in the wet-season form, the markings, especially the ferruginous lunules inwardly bordering the black sub-apical spots on fore wing, larger, more extended below and above the black costa. Hind wing : the ocellus in interspace 2 absent, posteriorly replaced by three or four minute white subterminal spots.
Underside varies in colour greatly. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen in both seasonal forms brown or greyish brown: the antennae annulated with white, ochraceous at apex.
Habit: The Melanitis was there among dead leaves, its wings folded and looking for all the world a dead, dry leaf itself. With regard to Melanitis, the species of this genus when disturbed fly a little way, drop suddenly into the undergrowth with closed wings, and invariably lie a little askew and slanting, which still more increases their likeness to a dead leaf casually fallen to the ground.
Resident butterflies are known to fight off visitors to the area during dusk hours.

We found this butterfly throughout Bengal and the Bengali name is Sanjla.

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Hello Samiran
Wonderful species and monochromatic pic.Great composition,wonderful natural colours and splendid sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-23 7:39]

Hello Samiran,
Excellent macro of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and beautiful camouflaged colours. Taken from a good POV. Fine composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65293)
  • [2013-05-23 9:02]

Hi Samiran,a leaf on the leaves,the scenery is really perfect for the camouflage of this magnificent specie,great capture whit perfect light,details and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Samiran, great camouflage for this lovely butterfly, beautiful macro, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Samiran. What interesting camouflage! Stunning details perfect DOF and good light. TFS.


Hello Samiran

WOW ! the camouflage of this butterfly with
its environment it is amazing and wonderful,
you choose a fine POV with the lateral light
coming and shining the butterfly, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-23 17:17]

Hello Samiran,
I must say the camouflage ability of this particular butterfly is astounding. What lovely wings and and markings that blend in perfectly with the dead leaves. Outstanding focus and excellent DOF.

Hi Samiran. I love the paper look to the butterfly. I also like the colours of the butterfly and the leaf making it a two-tone colour picture. You framed it well and the lighting is very calming. A perfect shot! TFS Trevor

Hello Samiran, This one is perfectly blended in with dry leaves. Sharp focus and great colors. TFS, JC

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-23 20:59]

Hi Samiran.
I am impressed with captured subject a lot. What a nice similarity of colouration of the butterfly and dry leaves. DOF and flash are great and details of the whole scene are perfect. ice presentation of the charming butterfly. Well done and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-23 22:12]

Good monochrome image of this camouflaged evening brown..fine composition and simple frame. tfs.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 0 N: 434] (8571)
  • [2013-05-23 23:04]

Hello Samiran,
interesing-beautiful butterfly,great details species melanitis,thanks..

Hello Samiran Da,
Beautiful camouflage of this specie to survive in this earth where 'survival of the fittest' is the main definition of life.
Well sharp focus on subject with details on wings made it attractive.Well captured Samiran Da.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,
Valo theko,


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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-24 4:24]

Hello Samiran,
Great POV ! , beautiful natural colors ! TFS Tina

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-24 4:35]

Hello Samiran,
Amazing camouflage, Samiran! Beautiful light!
Interesting posting.

Nice capture with natural colors


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-24 10:49]

Hi Samiran,
Very nice photo,fantastic camouflage in amazing
natural colors and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Samiran
This is a macro jam packed with awesome details and there are such a lot that I see that I like. I fancy the dried leaves this Common Evening Brown are resting on and the fact that the butterfly is so well camouflaged against it. In spite of the colours in the image are mostly brown, the details on the butterfly is seen with great clarity. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Amazing butterfly and beautiful photo Samiran. Good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

Hello Samiran
Interesting photograph showing the butterfly perfectly camouflaged. Excellent detail, good composition and setting.
regards yiannis

Hello Samiranda,
Lovely camouflage,amazing sharpness and nice colours.TFS.

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